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The Know Daily - Friday 15 March 2024

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Happy Friday!

I hope you all have wonderful weekends lined up - mine will probably involve yet another trip to my local indie cinema. 

I seem to be going to the pictures pretty much every week at this point. It’s partly because I’ve binged nearly everything on Netflix already, and partly because there’s something so special about the old-school, distraction-free environment of a movie theatre (the perks of having to turn your phone off, I guess). 

But going to the cinema is obviously expensive, which means I’ve spent a fair bit of time looking into ways to save on tickets. I’ve rounded up some of my tried-and-tested tips in this week’s edition - I’d love to hear yours!


Esther x

138 minutes
The average length of the films nominated for Best Picture at the 2024 Oscars.

The height of SpaceX’s Starship, which yesterday flew around the globe for the first time.

The number of potential new deep-sea species recently discovered by marine researchers.

2 out of 3
How many of the headline slots at this year’s Glastonbury Festival will be played by women.


📈 The UK economy grew in January, sparking hopes that it could be “turning a corner” after dipping into recession at the end of 2023.

🗣️ MP Diane Abbott called on all parties to “stand against racism”, following comments reportedly made about her by Conservative donor Frank Hester.

🏭 Greenhouse gas emissions fell to their lowest level since 1879 last year, according to new analysis citing high gas prices and milder weather as key factors.


🗳️ Russians head to the polls this weekend to vote in a presidential election that is expected to confirm Vladimir Putin’s rule for another six years.

🇩🇰 Denmark announced plans to conscript women for military service from 2026, making it the only the third European country to do so.

🏛️ A bill that could eventually see TikTok banned in the US was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday - but it is unclear whether the Senate would approve the legislation.


📚 The International Booker longlist was revealed, with South American writers making up a quarter of nominees. Find your next read here!

📺 The BAFTA TV Awards revealed their shortlist for the “memorable moment” category, with scenes from Succession, Doctor Who and Happy Valley all featuring. It’s decided by public vote - so have your say.

🎤 Free condoms and morning-after pills were handed out to fans at Olivia Rodrigo's concert in the US, a month after the singer launched her Fund 4 Good campaign to protect reproductive rights.


👓 Apple's Vision Pro headset was used during a UK surgery for the first time, to assist doctors in a spinal operation. 

🧠 GCHQ joined LinkedIn in a bid to recruit “the right mix of minds” to the intelligence agency - and marked the occasion with a “unique visual puzzle”. Can you crack it?

🚢 Plans to build Titanic II - a replica “far superior than the original” - were unveiled for the third time by an Australian billionaire.


🏅 The Paris 2024 Olympics is set to make history as the first ever Games to achieve “full gender parity”, with the same number of male and female athletes.

🌍 Donors pledged nearly $600m in funding to eliminate cervical cancer in an “historic step”.

🦅 Bald eagles were spotted nesting in Toronto for the first time in recorded history, signalling to the “improving health” of the city's green spaces.

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📽️ A love letter to the cinema 

In this week’s piece, Esther reflects on the unique joy of going to the movies, and shares her tips for saving money on your next visit. Aside from bringing your own popcorn, that is.

Check it out here.

📰 Read: The Guardian’s Anita Chaudhuri and author Rhaina Cohen imagining a world in which friendship is given the same value as other relationships. Semi spoiler alert: it would be a much better one.

📺 Watch: Four Daughters (out in cinemas now), Damsel (Netflix), The Great Celebrity Bake Off (Channel 4) and oliSUNvia’s excellent video essays (YouTube).

🎧 Listen: The Polyester Podcast - a feminist pop culture podcast dissecting all things arts, culture and digital trends, hosted by the editor of the iconic Polyester zine.

🧦 Shop socks: This year, we’re not waiting until Christmas to be gifted socks - and we figured this organic cotton pair would make a great addition to the drawer.

Which artist hasn’t yet headlined Glastonbury?
A) Billie Eilish
B) Beyoncé
C) Taylor Swift

Click here to play our updated weekly quiz!

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🧁 Making banana mug cakes. Microwave sceptics, hear us out…

Come for: A melt-in-the-middle banana cake that’s made in a mug, meaning there’s no mess and it’s ready in under 5 minutes.

Stay for: Your new go-to when you’re craving cake but lack the patience to actually bake one…

Oppenheimer proved to be the big winner at the Oscars on Sunday. According to our poll taken last Friday before the ceremony, almost half of you thought it was the right decision…

Which film do YOU think should win Best Picture?

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Oppenheimer (47%)
🟨🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️ Barbie (27%)
🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Poor Things (13%)
🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Anatomy of a Fall (8%)
⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Something else (4%)

And in yesterday’s edition, we looked at the growing popularity of beer bikes in UK cities - and wanted to know whether you’d give them a go… 

🟨🟨⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Where do I sign up? 👀 (30%)
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Not my thing... (70%)

One reader did however suggest a wine biking alternative, which is something we could possibly get behind…

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